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Broadband Initiative

Broadband Initiative

Improved broadband coverage is required to diversify Vilas County’s economy and attract entrepreneurs, remote workers, and expanding businesses to secure its future.

This spring, the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) initiated a research study to interview the Vilas County town chairmen and their subject matter experts, as well as the county internet service providers (ISPs) to better understand the scope of broadband in our county. 

Our objective: to ensure Vilas County has sufficient broadband to sustain and grow its economy and culture for future generations. We are in the process of sharing the results of our research and strategy moving forward. 

We are inspired by the tremendous engagement that we have received from the town and ISP leadership on our research study, and look forward to continuing this important discussion.  Once our research is shared with the members of our team, towns and county we will post it on this page. 

We hope this resource page is helpful, and as always, should you have any questions or if we can be of any service please contact Kathy Schmitz, VCEDC Executive Director, at [email protected] Thank you.


Vilas County Economic Development Broadband Leadership

Jim Tuckwell, Board Chairman

Bill Niemuth, Board Member/Broadband Lead

Kathy Schmitz, Executive Director


Wisconsin Public Service Commission – Broadband Expansion Grants and Resources -https://psc.wi.gov/Pages/Programs/BroadbandGrants.aspx

Broadband Now – Great resource for all things Broadband - https://broadbandnow.com

Federal Communications Commission – Connect America Fund (CAF) -https://www.fcc.gov/general/connect-america-fund-caf

Remoters.Net – Information for Remote Working Professionals - https://remoters.net

USDA Reconnect Pilot Program – “CAF III) -  https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2019/12/12/usda-make-550-million-funding-available-2020-deploy-high-speed

Broadband USA Funding Opportunities – A database of Available Funds -https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/new-fund-search


Internet Service Providers (ISPs)

Astrea Connect - https://astreaconnect.com

AT&T - https://www.att.com

CenturyLink - https://www.centurylink.com

Charter/Spectrum - https://www.spectrum.com

ChoiceTel - https://www.choicetel.net

Frontier Communications - https://frontier.com

Gogebic Range - http://gogebicrange.net

HughNet - https://www.hughesnet.com

Karban Cable - https://www.ktvs.net

SonicNet – https://sonicnet.us

Starlink - https://www.starlink.com

T-Mobile - https://www.t-mobile.com  

Verizon - https://www.verizon.com

ViaSat - https://www.viasat.com

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